Embroidery, stitch and surfaces

Stitched, textured, embellished, embroidered and appliquéd surfaces can all transform your textiles project. Our offering of short and long courses will teach you a variety of skills to apply to any project you work on. From hand stitch workshops to creative machine embroidery and no matter your skill level, our tutors will provide techniques, tips and ideas to help realise your ambitions.

Taught in our purpose built studio, with good natural light and height adjustable tables and chairs, the learning experience is both encouraging and challenging. Tutors support learners to select appropriate techniques with which to complete their project and develop a body of samples that can be used on future projects.

As with anything, practice makes perfect so we strongly encourage practicing your stitching whenever you can, to get the most out of your classes. You’ll get a buzz out of seeing how fast you master a stitch before learning the next one. Most materials are provided and a full explanation of what you might need to bring can be found in each course page.

Any questions? Contact the School of Visual Arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

  1. City Lit textiles: mixed media

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate mixed-media textiles through this project-based course which introduces a variety of materials, techniques and design processes. You will develop a creative portfolio of textile samples using sketchbook research and finally work towards a finished piece.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  2. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  3. City Lit advanced textile art course

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your textiles to another level with this stimulating two year advanced course. Open up new perspectives for your work as you explore a range of technical and visual research methods in response to a theme. These will include approaches to drawing, contextual studies, mixed media, dye and print, stitch and constructed textiles. You will be guided and supported throughout by regular tutorials and workshops that stretch your individual textile practice. The course will culminate in a public exhibition at the end of year two.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £2,299.00
    Senior fee: £2,299.00
    Concession: £1,402.00

  4. Textiles: experimental hand stitch

    Textiles: experimental hand stitch

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques. Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

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